Retiring Dem facing complaint by male staffer

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House ethics panel is reviewing a complaint against retiring New York Rep. Eric Massa by a male staffer who reportedly felt uncomfortable in a situation with Massa that had sexual overtones.

A House aide characterized the complaint today to The Associated Press. The aide did not elaborate on the allegation against Massa, who said Wednesday he will not seek a second term after a recurrence of cancer last year.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Wednesday said he was told the week of Feb. 8 by a staff member in Massa's office about allegations of misconduct. Hoyer directed Massa to report the allegations to the House Ethics Committee within 48 hours. Hoyer said he got confirmation within 48 hours that the Ethics Committee had received the report and would review the allegations.

Massa's office did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

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